Peer POV: Winter Holiday Movie Edition

For many, winter is one of the best seasons around. Although the weather is not always ideal, it’s a time full of family-oriented holidays, heart-warming traditions, and a joyful atmosphere. One of the many ways students get into this holiday spirit is by watching holiday movies. Students have shared their point of view on numerous films and have determined the top winter holiday movies for this year.

The top choice for students was Home Alone. Premiering in 1990, this family comedy directed by Chris Columbus is a hit among many. It’s about bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) who is accidentally left home alone by his family during their Christmas vacation. After his dream to have no family comes true, he later finds himself doing whatever it takes to protect his house from a couple of burglars.

This movie is a big part of many students’ childhoods. As Junior Nadia Pane said, “I used to watch [Home Alone] all the time when I was younger, so it can be pretty nostalgic.”

The second choice among students was Elf. This comedy directed by Jon Favreau in 2003 follows Buddy (Will Ferrell) who was adopted and raised by one of Santa’s elves (Bob Newhart). Adult Buddy later leaves Santa’s workshop in hopes of finding his real family in New York, navigating human culture as only an elf can.

Most of all students can agree that this a hilarious and extremely successful film that is perfect for the holiday season. As junior Anya Rajan said, “Personally, I think the Christmas/holiday cheer and comedic elements [of Elf] get students into the ‘festive spirit’”.

The third choice for students was How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This adaptation of the beloved children’s story by Dr. Seuss, premiering in 2000, is about the cold-hearted Grinch (Jim Carrey) who decides to ruin Christmas for the entire city of Whoville. He sneaks into the town to steal everything Christmas-related; however, things do not go as planned when he runs into the sweet Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen).

This movie is undoubtedly an iconic holiday film. As junior Macy Mcpherson said, “It’s the right amount of funny and festive, as well as really well done.”

Overall, from peers’ point of views, students enjoy older, comedic holiday movies to get them into the holiday spirit. After watching these films, another great way to get into the holiday spirit is to participate in “festive season” activities. As Buddy the elf once said, “...we’ll make snow angels for two hours, and then we’ll go ice skating, and then we’ll eat a whole roll of Toll-House cookie dough as fast as we can, and then to finish, we’ll snuggle.”

Photo Credit: Rachel Haunschild

Photo Caption: Peers at WCTA share their point of view to determine the top winter holiday movies.

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